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Access Denied at Alfreton Station

Alfreton Town Council has reacted angrily to the news that the disability works at the Towns station to make platform two accessible to all users has seemingly been pulled just eighteen months after the scheme was given the green light.The scheme had also been fully surveyed, designed and costed, and presented to the public last autumn. The Town Council are seeking formal confirmation, but understand the scheme has been pulled by the Department for Transport. Cllr Scott Walker, Leader of the Council said ‘the public needs to be aware that it is the Government who have stopped the scheme and the reality of the situation is that it could be more than seven years before the scheme comes around. It is unacceptable that the scheme has been stopped again and that the bad news has been sneaked out when cynically before the last General Election the news of the scheme approval was broadcast from the rooftops’ The Town Council has also had train operating companies contacting them unsure of the situation as they have not been told by the Government department.

The Town Council has vowed to keep up its 20 year fight, and is working with a number of bodies to highlight the plight of disabled passengers and bring about a discrimination claim. Town Mayor Mary Kerry added ‘the situation beggars belief with unprecedented investment in the rail industry, when fares keep rising faster than inflation and HS2 is going to connect with a route that some people can’t even access. The scheme is all designed and it is no defence that the cost of the scheme make it reasonable for the discrimination to take place when the vast budgets of Network Rail are considered’. The Town Council also understands that a taxi service is available for disabled customer’s, but needs to be booked in advance. The Council has asked that the service be advertised, but the train operating companies are not prepared to change the signage at the station advising customers to take a one hour detour. The Town Council encourages rail users to ask about and use this service.

Trent Buses Failed Promise To Residents

Alfreton Town Council has raised concerns for public safety with the news that local bus operator Trent Barton is to press ahead with the introduction of larger buses on the nines route only months after assuring local residents that it would not run larger busses down Alma and Grange Streets in the town. The promise came at a public meeting organised by the Town Council and attended by over 100 residents after much concern that the roads along the new route were extremely narrow and congested and pass three schools, three nurseries and a Surestart centre.

Town Mayor Cllr Mary Kerry said “not only is it regrettable that busses continue to run down narrow residential streets filled daily with young children, but to find out that Trent Barton are reneging on their promise to local residents a little over eighteen months since the public meeting is totally unacceptable “. The Town Council has called upon Trent Barton to rethink its plans and keep its promise and run their larger busses via the High Street to protect local residents and school children.

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Alfreton Town Council added 4 new photos.Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 at 10:05am
the Town Mayor, Councillor Mary Kerry, is this year supporting the food bank as her chosen charity. The foodbank is appealing for certain food items which they regularly have a short supply of. If you can support the Mayor in this cause and you would like to donate, this week's appeal is for:
UHT MILK

For more information on the work that they do see the link below.
https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/southnormantonarea/

Items can be left at the Town Council Office in Alfreton House, with the Foodbank on Wednesdays in Room 1,. Alfreton House or at South Normanton.
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Alfreton Town Council shared Alfreton House Tearooms's post.Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at 8:46am
👀 Sara makes these AMAZING FUDGES! 👀They’re absolutely fab and we sell them here. She can do almost any flavour, the white one on here is Cherry Bakewell and is a bit of a favourite! There’s After Eight Mint, Chocolate Orange, York’s and the one that started it off Mars!! If anyone would like to order she would need 48hrs notice, collection can be from the Tearooms and starting from next week she will be making some samples for people to pop in and try. The large ones are £15 and the small but deep ones are £12.50. However, the first 5 ordered of the large she will do for £12.50 and the first 5 smaller ones at £10!!!! Please message to order. She is away at the weekend, but collections can be made from Tuesday.
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Alfreton Town Council added 3 new photos.Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 9:00am
Alfreton Party in the Park
Town Mayor, Councillor Mary Kerry, attended this years spectacular Party in the Park, attended by thousands and took part in the parade from Alfreton House to the Park. The Town Council held a stall with information on future events, grants, newsletter, free dog bags and the opportunity to leave comments, ideas and suggestions whilst also having the opportunity to speak with your Local Councillors.
The comments left were;
More salting of footpath in Town during icy conditions (DCC)
Introduce cycle paths in Alfreton (DCC)
Tidy Alfreton Park – cut under trees (DCC and AVBC)
These regrettably are not areas which the Town Council manage but the comments have been forwarded to Derbyshire County Council and Amber Valley Borough Council.

The Mayor and fellow Councillors would like to thank the organisers of the event for putting on a free event for the people of Alfreton and look forward to future parties.

The Mayor can be seen with Councillor Bennett presenting the cheque to party in the Park.

In response to the Tidy Alfreton Park, Amber Valley Borough Council who manage areas of this with Derbyshire County Council have provided the following;
Aas Alfreton park is an historic landscape containing many veteran trees we have to maintain the area to minimise stress and damage to these trees. These trees have many surface roots exposed and running mowing machines over these roots causes damage by the blades, damage due to the action of travelling over them and causes severe compaction and loss of air within the structure of the soil. As well as this there becomes a constant need to prune aerial parts of the trees to enable mowing machines to pass beneath.
Therefore, we no longer mow beneath the canopy of the trees on this site, vegetation is managed less frequently basically to keep undesirable species beneath the canopy in check.
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Alfreton Town Council added 3 new photos.Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 at 2:24pm
Mary Kerry meets Mary Berry…..
Councillor Kerry was honoured to attend the ‘Beating Retreat’ in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity which organised an exceptional fund-raising event hosted by Chatsworth and attended by Derbyshire’s Lord Lieutenant William Tucker, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff , civic dignitaries and Derbyshire supporters of the charity.
Councillor Kerry was delighted to meet the guest speaker Mary Berry and hear a moving speech from Bernie Broad, who led the UK at this year's Invictus Games.
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity gives constant support to the Army family, caring for veterans from every conflict, and without the generous contributions of their supporters, none of their life-changing work would be possible.
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Alfreton Town Council added 3 new photos.Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 at 2:24pm